LEIGH Griffiths today revealed his representatives are in talks with Celtic over a new contract – and admitted he would like to stay long enough to be awarded a testimonial like Scott Brown.

Griffiths still has more than two years remaining on his current deal, but he is keen to commit his long-term future to the Parkhead club.

The 27-year-old is hopeful that an agreement can be reached on an extension soon.

He has netted 97 goals since joining from Wolves over four years ago and become a firm fans’ favourite.

The Scotland centre forward is keen to stay for the remainder of his career like his captain and close friend Brown.

“My representatives are working behind the scenes to try and get me a new deal,” he said.

“Why would you want to go anywhere else? You are playing at a top club with a top manager in front of 50,000 or 60,000 every week.

“There’s no reason to go anywhere. You have Champions League football every season. It’s hard to get there now, but when you do get there, those are memorable nights.

"It is early stages just now, but hopefully we can get it done sooner rather than later.”

Brown has been rewarded for 10 years of outstanding service to Celtic with a testimonial season - his side will play a Republic of Ireland XI at Parkhead on Sunday, May 20.

Griffiths admitted that he would like to go on and achieve what his former Scotland team mate has at the Glasgow club in future.

“Hopefully, it we can come to an agreement, I’ll not be far off Broony,” he said. “I think he has deserved his testimonial. The type of guy he is, he is deserving of everything he gets.”

Griffiths spent a difficult spell in England with Wolves before he joined Celtic – he was loaned out to Hibernian for two seasons and played just 26 games at Molineux in four years - and stressed he has no desire to return down south in future.

“Everybody keeps mentioning I was put off in England and that I came back up the road because I was scared,” he said. “But if you look at the records, I still finished joint top scorer when I left in January.

“Fair enough, we were in the Premier League and I got put on loan, but that stood me in good stead for going back down. I had a good crack at it when I went back down, but when Celtic come calling, you do not reject it.”